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Does monetary policy stabilize the exchange rate following a currency crisis?

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  • Ilan Goldfajn

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    (Department of Economics PUC-Rio)

  • Poonam Gupta

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This paper provides evidence on the relationship between monetary policy and the exchange rate in the aftermath of currency crises. It analyzes a large data set of currency crises in 80 countries in the period 1980 to 1998. The main question addressed is: can monetary policy significantly alter the probability of reversing the post-crisis undervaluation through nominal appreciation rather than higher inflation? We find that tight monetary policy facilitates the reversal of currency undervaluation through nominal appreciation rather than inflation. When the economy is also facing a banking crisis, depending on the specification, tight monetary policy may not have the same effect.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 396.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Feb 1999
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Handle: RePEc:rio:texdis:396

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  1. Eichengreen, Barry & Rose, Andrew K & Wyplosz, Charles, 1994. "Speculative Attacks on Pegged Exchange Rates: An Empirical Exploration with Special Reference to the European Monetary System," CEPR Discussion Papers 1060, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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